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Discovering Pianists: Carreño, Blahetka and Cowen.

From the research project Piano Traditions Through Their Genealogy Trees, by Daniel Pereira.


The latest April 1st installment of the project features 3 new traditions: the Ludwig Berger Tradition, the Ludwig van Beethoven Tradition and the Johann Nepomuk Hummel Tradition. You can access the genealogies of these traditions and the entire content of the project at Piano Traditions Through Their Genealogy Trees, published on monthly instalments at the International Piano Archives at Maryland´s website (University of Maryland).

Thank you for reading and hope you find these pianists interesting.



Teresa Carreño Venezuelan Caracas, Venezuela, December 22, 1853 — New York, June 12, 1917

Teresa Carreño was a pianist, composer and singer. Both her grandfather and father were musicians, and she received her early musical training with the latter. In 1862, the family moved to New York City, where Carreño made her debut when she was eight years old. She also lived in Paris and Boston, and concertized with great acclaim in Europe, Australia, Africa, South America and in the United States. She championed the works of American composers, particularly the music of Edward MacDowell. Carreño also appeared on occasion as an opera singer. She composed about 80 works including the Marche triomphale op. 8, Ballade op. 15 and Vals Gayo op. 38. Carreño recorded a number of piano rolls for Welte- Mignon and Duo-Art in 1905 and 1914, respectively. She married four times: the violinist Emile Sauret, the baritone Giovanni Tagliapietra, and later his brother Arturo Tagliapietra, and the pianist Eugen d ́Albert. Among the pallbearers at her funeral were Paderewski, Hutcheson and Elman.

Anne Marie Leopoldine Blahetka Austrian

Guntramsdorf, near Vienna, November 15, 1809 — Boulogne-sur-Mer, January 17, 1885

Leopoldine Blahetka was a pianist and composer. She was one of the most influential and successful women composers in the 19th century and contributed to elevate the role of the professional female musician in society. Upon Beethoven ́s recommendation, she studied with Joseph Czerný. Blahetka performed with Paganini in 1828 in Vienna and concertized extensively in Europe until 1833, when she settled in the south of France and devoted herself to teaching and composition. Among her over 60 published works, we find works for piano and orchestra including the Variations brillantes op. 4, and solo piano pieces such as the Polonaise op. 19, Capriccio op. 48, Nocturne op. 62 and several collections of waltzes.

Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen English

Kingston, Jamaica, January 29, 1852 — London, October 6, 1935 Sir Frederic Hymen Cowen was a pianist, conductor and composer. Born in Jamaica, he was brought to England in 1856. At the age of six, he published a waltz and, two years after, an operetta. Hymen Cowen performed with such prominent figures as Joachim, Pezze and with the singer Trebelli. He met Liszt, Brahms, Hanslick and Hans Richter. Although Hymen Cowen concertized for a time as a piano virtuoso, he was most successful as an orchestra conductor, leading such as orchestras as the Hallé Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic and Scottish Orchestra. Hymen Cowen published monograph books on Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Rossini as well as his autobiography My Art and My Friends. His piano oeuvre includes a piano concerto and a Concertstück for piano and orchestra, Minna-Waltz, three Valses caprices, Rondo a la Turque, Fantasy on The Magic Flute and La coquette.

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